HOUSING WOF TO BE DEVELOPED AND TRIALLED
The Government is to develop a Housing Warrant of Fitness system and trial it on Housing New Zealand properties, Housing Minister Nick Smith says.
“There are real gains for the health, safety, and welfare of New Zealanders, particularly children and the elderly, from having a better standard of housing,” he says.
“This year, the Government is going to develop a Warrant of Fitness with the support of a Rental Housing Standards Forum.
“The Government needs to first get its own house in order. That is why the Housing Warrant of Fitness will firstly apply to the 69,000 Housing New Zealand properties.
“It is also intended that the Housing WoF will then be extended to other social housing providers. The WoF may be further extended to other rental property where the Government is providing a housing subsidy.
“The new standard will ensure tenants can live in warm, dry, safe, and healthy homes. The WoF will complement the Government’s insulation programme which has seen around 215,000 homes insulated since 2009. Housing NZ is also on track to have insulated all of its homes capable of being insulated by the end of this year. …
That Nick Smith sounds sensible and compassionate, the sort of politician you can vote for. Here is Nick Smith in 2015:
"People dying in winter of pneumonia and other illnesses is not new." Housing Minister Nick Smith –
Warm, dry… http://t.co/HJEHzszGXw
— Child Poverty Action (@childpovertynz) June 10, 2015
Today’s Nick Smith sounds – well – unpleasant. Shades of Key’s promise to fix “the underclass”, that never happened either. Has National ever kept a constructive sounding social policy promise?